Vancouver Island RCMP officers honoured for pulling baby from river

Multiple Comox Valley officers receive commendations for work in 2015 Puntledge River incident

A trio of Comox Valley police officers were honoured last week for their bravery in a swiftwater incident involving a baby nearly five years ago.

Last week, members of the RCMP from all over Vancouver Island gathered at the Comox Valley’s Crown Isle Resort for the annual award ceremony.

The Commanding Officer’s Commendation was handed out to several Comox Valley RCMP members for their outstanding service in response to the water rescue of a woman and her infant child on Jan. 30, 2015 in Courtenay.

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Cpl. Cliffe, Const. Wheeler, Const. McMillan, Const. Vezina, and Const. Trevor were all on duty at the Comox Valley RCMP detachment at the time the call for help came in – a woman and an infant had entered the fast-moving Puntledge River and needed rescue.

With the assistance of the RCMP helicopter, piloted by civilian member Greg Thompson, members were able to get both the woman and the infant out of the frigid water.

Another Commanding Officer’s Commendation was handed out to Sgt. Ron Maclellan for his outstanding work at the wildfires in Williams Lake in 2017.

“I am proud and honoured to work with individuals that represent the RCMP with professionalism and dedication. Policing is about people, protecting and saving lives, and safe homes and communities,” said Insp. Mike Kurvers, officer in charge of the Comox Valley RCMP detachment.

“Sometimes we get yelled at, spat on, get into fights and get shot at, regardless of the call our response is to stand tall and put forward our very best effort to serve the communities we reside in.”

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